SANGEETA PENDURKAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KELLOGG INDIA
Sangeeta Pendurkar has been Managing Director, Kellogg India, since October 2010. She is also a member of the company’s Asia Pacific leadership team.
With over twenty eight of experience, Ms. Pendurkar served in a variety of leadership roles in India and Middle East in Marketing, Sales and General Management, spanning across packaged goods, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Prior to joining Kellogg, she was Vice President, Strategy for India & South-West Asia and Business Head - Commercial Beverages at Coca-Cola India. Before Coca-Cola, she headed the marketing function in HSBC Bank for India and subsequently for the Middle East region. Ms. Pendurkar spent initial years of her professional journey with Novartis India Ltd and Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
She is also an Independent Director on the Board of Vistara Airlines.
She holds a Graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Master’s in Management.
She is married to Sandeep Pendurkar and is an avid art collector.
TS VENKETRAM, DIRECTOR - SUPPLY CHAIN, KELLOGG INDIA
TS Venketram has been Director, Supply Chain, Kellogg India, since February 2012.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Venketram served in a variety of leadership roles at Britannia Industries, PepsiCo India and Hindustan Unilever. At Britannia, Mr. Venketram headed the ‘Projects’ and ‘Technology’ function. He also led a cross functional team on an organisation-wide margin improvement project. He has led a variety of roles during his career, including Engineering, Plant Management and Maintenance, including a Regional Supply Chain role.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering.
He is married and has two daughters. Mr. Venketram likes to run long distance and has been running full-marathons since several years.
PALLAV PATNI, DIRECTOR – FINANCE, KELLOGG INDIA
Pallav Patni has been Director Finance, Kellogg India, since June 2015.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Patni served in a variety of leadership roles at PepsiCo India for over a decade. His last role at PepsiCo India was Commercial Finance Director where he led the finance agenda for sales and marketing functions.
Prior to that, Mr. Patni served as Head of Business Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis at PepsiCo India and has also worked with Hindustan Unilever in the initial phase of his career.
Mr. Patni has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.
He is married and has a son. His personal interests include listening to music, singing & watching movies.
DINESH CHARAK, DIRECTOR - LEGAL, KELLOGG INDIA
Dinesh Charak has been Director Legal, Kellogg India, since June 2016.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Charak served in a variety of leadership roles at Novartis India Limited, Wipro GE Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. and Nokia India Private Limited, amongst others. At Novartis India, he was the Country General Counsel and Compliance Head and also a member of the Novartis India Board of Directors.
Prior to that, Mr. Charak served as Senior Legal Counsel for GE Healthcare South Asia business.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from National Law School of India University.
He is married and has a daughter. Besides reading law books, Mr. Charak has a keen interest in reading thriller fiction. When not found at work, he is probably driving to the mountains for inspiration and peace.
GAURAV SHARMA, DIRECTOR - SALES, KELLOGG INDIA
Gaurav Sharma has been Director Sales, Kellogg India, since July 2015.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Sharma served in a variety of leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain & Operations at Mondelez, Subhiksha and Conagra Foods. At Mondelez, in his last role, Mr. Sharma led the Customer Service & Logistics function and was a part of the India leadership team of the Mondelez Organisation.
Prior to that, Mr. Sharma led the Modern Trade & South Asia market for Mondelez, being responsible for operations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Maldives.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Trade and a Master of Business Administration degree.
ROHIT KUMAR, DIRECTOR - HR, KELLOGG INDIA
Rohit Kumar has been Director HR, Kellogg India, since December 2016.
Mr. Kumar’s career reflects a rich & diverse experience in HR Business Partnering, Talent Management, Organization Effectiveness and Employee Relations. He joined Kellogg from Sanofi India Ltd, where he was the Director Business HR for Pharma, Consumer Healthcare & Pasteur divisions. He was responsible for the organization’s effectiveness initiatives, talent management processes, and employee relations for a diversified workforce. He led projects on assessing and de-risking talent pipelines and spearheading long term settlements with unions.
Mr. Kumar started his career with Apollo Tyres Ltd and served at Gillette India where he partnered Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain. He also spent several years in Vodafone in several senior HR roles with national and international stints.
Mr. Kumar has done his Masters in Personnel Management (MPM).
He is married and has two daughters. His personal interests include cooking and playing squash.
PURNENDU P ROY, DIRECTOR - RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, KELLOGG ASPAC EMERGING MARKET
Purnendu P Roy has been Director- Research & Development, Breakfast category, Kellogg ASPAC Emerging Market, since February, 2014.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Roy served in a variety of R&D leadership roles at H J Heinz, Britannia, and PepsiCo in Frito-Lay’s division, Glaxo SmithKline Consumer Healthcare. At Heinz India Pvt Ltd., he was Associate Vice President for R&D & was also the functional lead for Asia & Africa region for dairy based nutritional beverage & energy drinks.
Prior to that, Mr. Roy served as General Manger & Head of Research & Development in Britannia Industries Ltd.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering & Technology and Master’s in Food Technology.
PADMAPARNA DASGUPTA, DIRECTOR - REGULATORY AFFAIRS, KELLOGG INDIA
Mrs Parna Dasgupta has been Director Regulatory Affairs, Kellogg India, since May 2015.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Mrs. Dasgupta served in a variety of leadership roles in the field of Policy, Regulatory and Government Affairs at GSK Consumer Healthcare India, Amarchand Mangaldas, Reliance Retail Agri Supply Chain and FICCI’s Food division.
At GSK Consumer Healthcare India, she was Director, Regulatory, Strategy and External Affairs and was responsible for the compliance and policy advocacy for the nutrition business worldwide.
Prior to that, Mrs. Dasgupta was Senior Consultant with M/s Amarchand Mangaldas, one of the largest corporate law firms of India where she set up and led the food policy division and was responsible for securing the position of legal consultant for FSSAI.
Mrs. Dasgupta received a Master’s degree in Economics.
Besides her keen interest in the areas of food and nutrition, particularly those impacting the under privileged section of the society, Mrs. Dasgupta has a keen interest in history and hence loves reading historical novels and travelling to historical places.
VIRAL THAKKAR, DIRECTOR - IT, KELLOGG INDIA
Viral Thakkar has been Director IT, Kellogg India, since August 2014.
Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Thakkar served in a variety of IT leadership roles at General Electric (GE) India and several IT consulting companies in United States, Japan and India.
At GE, he headed the IT function for the company’s healthcare business, leading IT transformation and digitization efforts across Sales & Marketing, Finance and Supply Chain functions. He also led the IT integration of Wipro and GE Healthcare’s legal entity merger in India.
Prior to that, Mr. Thakkar served as IT Lead for GE Healthcare’s global supply chain function, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.
He is married and has a daughter and a son. His personal interests include playing sports, particularly soccer and reading books with a variety of genres.